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7:05 AM ET, July 23, 2008


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CBS News:
Obama: Surge Doesn't Meet Long-Term Goals  —  In An Exclusive Interview With Katie Couric, Illinois Senator Defends Position On Troop Buildup … Katie Couric: Sen. Obama, first of all, you have not been to Iraq since 2006.  What did you learn on your recent visit that surprised you?  Or what was new?
Marc Ambinder:
Obama , Couric Spar Over Surge  —  Check out this exchange between CBS Evening News anchor Katie Couric and Sen. Barack Obama about why Obama says he still wouldn't have supported the surge back then had he known it would help reduce violence so significantly.
Ilan Goldenberg /
Not a Gaffe: A Fundamental Misunderstanding of Iraq  —  John McCain made a mistake this evening, which as far as I'm concerned disqualifies him from being President.  It is so appalling and so factually wrong that I'm actually sitting here wondering who McCain's advisers are.
Gateway Pundit:
Unreal!... Obama Tells Katie Couric the Surge Was a Bad Strategy ...Updated With Video  —  Katie Couric and Barack Obama sparred over the success of the surge in an interview today.  —  This aired on CBS News tonight.  —  UPDATE: This was an amazing segment on CBS News.
The Huffington Post:
McCain Gets History Of The Surge Wrong, CBS Doesn't Air Footage  —  During a CBS interview on Tuesday, John McCain made a stone cold error on a subject about which he claims expert knowledge: the “surge” strategy in Iraq.  In an interview with anchor Katie Couric, the Arizona Republican said …
Discussion: The Jed Report
Matthew Yglesias:   McCain's Mixed-Up Timeline
National Enquirer:
SEN. JOHN EDWARDS CAUGHT WITH MISTRESS AND LOVE CHILD!  —  Vice Presidential candidate Sen. John Edwards was caught visiting his mistress and secret love child at 2:40 this morning in a Los Angeles hotel by the NATIONAL ENQUIRER.  —  The married ex-senator from North Carolina …
Byron York / The Corner:
Re: Edwards  —  On the John Edwards story, I do wonder how much, if any, coverage this report will receive.  Edwards is, after all, in the pool for the Democratic vice presidential nomination; after first seeming to take himself out of the running, he put himself back in the race two weeks ago …
Discussion: DBKP and Wizbang
Joe Klein / Swampland:
McCain Meltdown  —  John McCain said this today in Rochester, New Hampshire: … This is the ninth presidential campaign I've covered.  I can't remember a more scurrilous statement by a major party candidate.  It smacks of desperation.  It renews questions about whether McCain has the right temperament for the presidency.
Greg Mitchell / The Huffington Post:
“Wall Street Got Drunk”: ‘Banned’ Bush Video Surfaces  —  An ABC-TV outlet in Houston, and now the Houston Chronicle, have posted a video taken at a political fundraiser for Pete Olson, featuring George W. Bush last week — capturing some embarrassing/revealing moments after, he noted, he had asked cameras to be turned off.
Andy Barr / The Hill's Blog Briefing Room:
Bush on Economy: ‘Wall Street Got Drunk’  —  Explaining the current economic downturn to a closed-door fundraiser last week, President Bush said, “Wall Street got drunk.”  —  “There's no question about it,” Bush said.  “Wall Street got drunk, that's one of the reasons I asked you to turn off the TV cameras.
Alexander Mooney / CNN:
Rep. Wilson calls Obama ‘frighteningly inexperienced’  —  (CNN) - A leading surrogate for John McCain called Barack Obama “frighteningly inexperienced” Tuesday, the latest effort from the Arizona senator's presidential campaign to step up its criticism of the Democratic presidential candidate while he travels abroad.
Discussion: Whiskey Fire and Balloon Juice
KenInNy / DownWithTyranny!:
Stop the presses!  It's official: Young Johnny McCranky has his head wedged so far up his butt, we can barely see his lying lips flapping  —  A friend reports that Young Johnny, speaking live on MSNBC, just said, “The oil executives say that we could see the benefit of offshore drilling in just a couple years.”
Brad / Wonk Room:
Pickens Tells Offshore Drilling Advocates: 'You're Going To Get A Rude Awakening'
Discussion: The Huffington Post
David R. Baker / San Francisco Chronicle:
The lowdown on offshore oil reserves
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Patrick Ruffini / The Next Right:
Obama Campaign Prints German-language Flyers for Berlin Rally  —  This is pretty extraordinary.  A candidate for the American Presidency is using flyers printed in German to turn people out for his campaign rally in Berlin on Thursday.  This flyer can be found on a bilingual page on advertising the event:
Paul A. Gigot / Wall Street Journal:
The Fannie Mae Gang  —  Angelo Mozilo was in one of his Napoleonic moods.  It was October 2003, and the CEO of Countrywide Financial was berating me for The Wall Street Journal's editorials raising doubts about the accounting of Fannie Mae.  I had just been introduced to him by Franklin Raines …
Vikas Bajaj / New York Times:
Woes Afflicting Mortgage Giants Raise Loan Rates
Discussion: Calculated Risk
Steven G. Calabresi / Chicago Tribune:
Too young for the No. 1 job?  —  Barack Obama is too young to be president.  Yes I know he is 46 and the Constitution sets the presidential age qualification at 35 or higher, but Obama has said that we ought not to interpret the Constitution woodenly and formalistically.
Discussion: The Mahablog
Katie Fretland / The Swamp:
Obama: Israel's a friend of Israel  —  During Sen. Barack Obama's remarks to the press today in Amman, Jordan, he meant to assert that the United States would continue to strongly support Israel.  But this is how that sentence came out as he answered foreign policy questions on a broad range of subjects:
Discussion: The Sundries Shack
Marc Ambinder:
Obama: Israeli Strike Against Syria Last Year “Appropriate”
Discussion: The Campaign Spot
Emily Sherman / CNN:
Congress members' flight loses cabin pressure  —  (CNN) — A plane carrying 123 people, including seven members of Congress, was forced to make an emergency landing Tuesday due to mechanical issues, the Federal Aviation Administration said.  —  The pilot of Continental Airlines Flight 458 …
Timothy Gardner / Reuters:
Southern drivers stung most by fuel costs: report  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Drivers in the South have been hit hardest by soaring U.S. gasoline costs and state governments there should take more steps to help cut fuel consumption, said a report released on Tuesday.
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McCain may pay Jindal a call
Discussion: The Corner
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Gore's nutty idea
Chris Bowers / Open Left:
Obama's Iraq Trip Changes McCain's Position On Iraq
Deacon / Power Line:
Heavy mush  —  The day after Barack Obama said that the troop surge …
Ben Lowry / Telegraph:
Tory MPs abandon Republicans to back Barack Obama
Discussion: Group News Blog
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Matthew Yglesias:
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